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BREAKING: Suspected ‘Whistleblower’ Met With DNC’s Alexandra Chalupa

Posted on | October 30, 2019 | Comments Off on BREAKING: Suspected ‘Whistleblower’ Met With DNC’s Alexandra Chalupa

My brother Kirby alerted me to this breaking story:

For a town that leaks like a sieve, Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous “whistleblower” who triggered impeachment proceedings against President Trump — even though his identity is an open secret inside the Beltway.
More than two months after the official filed his complaint, pretty much all that’s known publicly about him is that he is a CIA analyst who at one point was detailed to the White House and is now back working at the CIA.
But the name of a government official fitting that description — Eric Ciaramella — has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Fearing their anonymous witness could be exposed, Democrats this week blocked Republicans from asking more questions about him and intend to redact his name from all deposition transcripts.
RealClearInvestigations is disclosing the name because of the public’s interest in learning details of an effort to remove a sitting president from office. Further, the official’s status as a “whistleblower” is complicated by his being a hearsay reporter of accusations against the president, one who has “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate” — as the Intelligence Community Inspector General phrased it circumspectly in originally fielding his complaint.
Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Further, Ciaramella (pronounced char-a-MEL-ah) left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
“He was accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,” said a former NSC official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
Also, Ciaramella huddled for “guidance” with the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, including former colleagues also held over from the Obama era whom Schiff’s office had recently recruited from the NSC. (Schiff is the lead prosecutor in the impeachment inquiry.)
And Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, inviting her into the White House for meetings, former White House colleagues said. The operative, Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American who supported Hillary Clinton, led an effort to link the Republican campaign to the Russian government. “He knows her. He had her in the White House,” said one former co-worker, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.
Documents confirm the DNC opposition researcher attended at least one White House meeting with Ciaramella in November 2015. She visited the White House with a number of Ukrainian officials lobbying the Obama administration for aid for Ukraine.
With Ciaramella’s name long under wraps, interest in the intelligence analyst has become so high that a handful of former colleagues have compiled a roughly 40-page research dossier on him. A classified version of the document is circulating on Capitol Hill, and briefings have been conducted based on it.

Alexandra Chalupa is a known associate of convicted-bomber-turned-“progressive”-activist Brett Kimberlin. That the CIA would employ someone with such lax judgment is frightening. Anyone who thinks protecting Ciaramella’s identity is about national security needs to wake the hell up. The fact that someone like this, who was already suspected of illegal leaks to the media, should have been entrusted with classified information — that, my friends, is a threat to national security.

UPDATE: Jim Hoft saw the same angle:

Chalupa worked with Kimberlin — this is not a secret — in the fabrication of the “Russian collusion” hoax. If a CIA employee assisted in that subversive disinformation project? Two words: DEEP STATE.

UPDATE II: When I say that my brother Kirby tipped me to this story, what I mean is this: A few weeks ago, with the generous assistance of our tip-jar hitters, my brother Kirby moved from Georgia and came to stay with our family while he is recuperating from medical treatment. Kirby is a truck driver by trade, but his health problems had resulted in his certification being suspended until he can get clearance from a physician. The stress caused by his unemployment was not good for his blood pressure, and his blood pressure was the problem that led to him losing his certification. Anyway, he’s here with us now, eating healthy and treating his problem, and he’s got an appointment Friday at the Veteran’s Administration. Meanwhile, we had to go get his new driver’s license in order to confirm his change of address, and so today we went to the state Motor Vehicle office — $144 for the new license — and afterwards, we went to Golden Corral for their dinner buffet, using our Senior Citizen’s discount. (Being old ain’t all bad, you know.)

Well, after gorging myself at the buffet — pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens, black-eyed peas, etc. — I had one of those tryptophan episodes, like you get after Thanksgiving dinner, everybody falling asleep on the sofa watching the Lions play the Packers. So I laid down about 6 p.m. and woke up at 10 p.m., and after I got up, Kirby told me, “There’s a story breaking about the whistleblower.” And that led me to Paul Sperry’s report at Real Clear Investigations, which is not just a bombshell, but a whole pile of bombshells like this:

“Everyone knows who he is. CNN knows. The Washington Post knows. The New York Times knows. Congress knows. The White House knows. Even the president knows who he is,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and national security adviser to Trump, who has fielded dozens of calls from the media. . . .
A CIA officer specializing in Russia and Ukraine, Ciaramella was detailed over to the National Security Council from the agency in the summer of 2015, working under Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser. He also worked closely with the former vice president. . . .
Federal records show that Biden’s office invited Ciaramella to an October 2016 state luncheon the vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Other guests included Brennan, as well as then-FBI Director James Comey and then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
Several U.S. officials told RealClearInvestigations that the invitation that was extended to Ciaramella, a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, was unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House.
Former White House officials said Ciaramella worked on Ukrainian policy issues for Biden in 2015 and 2016, when the vice president was President Obama’s “point man” for Ukraine. A Yale graduate, Ciaramella is said to speak Russian and Ukrainian, as well as Arabic. He had been assigned to the NSC by Brennan.

There’s so much more — read the whole thing.

UPDATE III: Jim Hoft reminds us that Mike Cernovich warned the Trump administration about Eric Ciaramella more than two years ago:

Meet Eric Ciaramella — H.R. McMaster Appoints Susan Rice Ally to be his Personal Aide
West Wing officials confirmed to Cernovich Media that Eric Ciaramella, who worked closely with Susan Rice while at NSC, was recently promoted to be [ National Security Advisor] H.R. McMaster’s personal aide. Ciaramella will have unfettered access to McMaster’s conversations with foreign leaders.
Ciaramella’s ascension is surprising considering pro-Trump sources within the Obama administration disclosed to me in December, 2016 that Ciaramella helped draft Susan Rice’s anti-Trump talking points before the Inauguration.
In fall of 2016 as Obama’s director for Ukraine on the NSC, Ciaramella was the main force pushing Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.
Some suspect Ciaramella was one of the original leakers who told the media about classified conversations Trump had with Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov. While it’s unproven that Ciaramella leaked that conversation, it is now a fact of life that he will have access to every conversation Trump has with foreign officials, as part of his official duties for McMaster.
When this story first came to me, my question was, “This is a huge personnel move. Why hasn’t Politico run it?”
My sources told me other outlets passed on the story, because, “This isn’t the type of information the mainstream media wants out there.”
Staunchly pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia, Ciaramella is the media’s dream, which explains why this high-profile personnel move hasn’t been covered in any mainstream media outlets.

Astonishing! Everybody in the establishment media knew Ciaramella was the “whistleblower” because he had been a source of damaging leaks from the White House, and yet Adam Schiff wants to create the impression that his identity is a matter of top-secret national security?

UPDATE IV: More coverage:

WHADDYA KNOW: Ukraine Whistleblower
Is a Biden, Schiff, and DNC Errand Boy

Stephen Kruiser, PJMedia

RealClear Investigations Suggests
‘Whistleblower’ Likely 33-Year-Old
CIA Analyst Eric Ciaramella

Kristina Wong, Breitbart

Paul Sperry/Real Clear Investigations:
You Know That Guy You Thought Was
the First Fake Whistleblower? Yeah,
He’s the First Fake Whistleblower.

Ace of Spades

This revelation will be impossible for the mainstream media to ignore, but what we can expect — what I predict — is that CNN, etc., will portray Ciaramella as a victim of “right-wing smears.”



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